Samsung Galaxy S4 – Another Nail in iPhone’s Coffin

Samsung is launching Galaxy S4, the newest model of its smartphones at Radio City Music Hall in New York City this evening.

Coincidentally, SI happens to be in NYC today.

Samsung Galaxy S4 ©

As I wander around Times Square and Radio City in Midtown Manhattan on a cloudy winter day, I see prominent Samsung Galaxy billboards in the area.

Like the Samsung Galaxy S III, the new S4 phones are also powered by Google’s Android mobile operating system.

Galaxy S4 – Rumored Specs

While Samsung has not disclosed specs of the new phone, media speculation has the S4 with a 5-inch screen and running Qualcomm’s quad-core processor for the U.S. models.

Galaxy S4 models for other markets will be powered by a more powerful eight-core processor.

The S4 phone should come with a 13-megapixel camera (the iPhone 5 only has a 8MP camera) and a better battery. Many iPhone 5 users have complained about the phone’s poor battery life.

Apple Worried

Apple is so concerned about the impact of the launch on its highly profitable iPhones that it ran to the Wall Street Journal to throw mud on the Galaxy S 4.

Apple’s Senior VP of worldwide marketing Phil Schiller told the WSJ that “Android is often given as a free replacement for a feature phone and the experience isn’t as good as an iPhone.”

Schiller claimed four times as many iPhone users switched from an Android phone than to an Android phone in the last quarter of 2012.

Android has already made significant headway in the smartphone market with a global marketshare of 66.4%% vis-a-vis 19.1% for iPhone.

Apple’s iPhone sales are starting to slow down and the company is boosting advertising.


For several years now, SI has been in the iPhone camp.

Maybe, just maybe, I’ll take the Android plunge this time with the Samsung Galaxy S4.

9 Responses to "Samsung Galaxy S4 – Another Nail in iPhone’s Coffin"

  1. mihi_rex   March 14, 2013 at 2:26 pm

    Get out of the iPhony camp and become a fandroid! Responds:

    Apple has been sitting on its haunches lately vis-a-vis novel features.

    Most likely, I’ll jump ship to the Galaxy S4 if early reviews are positive!

    • bingo   March 15, 2013 at 8:01 am

      SI (yesterday) Apple has been sitting on its haunches lately vis-a-vis novel features.

      SI (from just a couple of weeks ago) Now that Apple’s stock is down 37% since September, the lemmings are back again with their zany predictions and commentaries on “lack of innovations” (as if innovations grew off trees and could be plucked at will)

      Why the sudden change of heart, SI? Responds:

      The distinction between the laity and the savants (SI?) is the willingness of the latter to keep an “open mind” and be receptive to “changing dynamics.”

      Plus, as the legendary Avis ad goes, ‘We’re only No.2. We try harder.’

      Samsung has always been No-2 vis-a-vis Apple when it comes to features, sleekness, coolness etc (even after selling more units).

      But now the battle lines are being redrawn!

      Time to exhume Steve’s body and bring it back to Apple….maybe that will give Apple the jolt it badly needs!

      • boopalanj   March 15, 2013 at 12:38 pm

        Now probably we should write a blog post quoting all SI’s quotes on Apple and Samsung similar to SI’s “the many idiots who were wrong on apple” 😉 Responds:

        Either of the below quotes could apply to SI. 😉

        The wise man doubts often, and his views are changeable. The fool is constant in his opinions, and doubts nothing, because he knows everything, except his own ignorance.
        – attributed to Pharaoh Akhenaton, c.1250 BC


        A wise man is slow to change his mind, a fool never will.

        So when are you going to Chennai….Am desperate to read your enlightening review on Jayalalitha’s new low-cost canteens!

        • boopalanj   March 15, 2013 at 1:56 pm

          A recent quote I had read,

          “You can get away with saying anything stupid, so long as you attribute it to Samuel Johnson, Marcus Aurelius, or Dorothy Parker”


          Chennai? Paarkalam . (as in SI’s reply to many film review requests!)

          Seriously, I’ll try to make it as soon as possible.


          Nice one!

          I must read Dorothy Parker!

          • boopalanj   March 15, 2013 at 2:02 pm

            I must read all the three of them. 😉

  2. shadowfax_arbit   April 8, 2013 at 8:39 am

    Android is slowly and steadily gulping iPhone market share! Responds:

    1. Apple is still the LARGEST smartphone vendor by a huge margin.

    Further, Apple has been increasing its lead over second-placed Samsung.

    After nearly five years with two different iPhones (iPhone 3G and iPhone 4), I find there’s not much to complain about these devices. They work well for the most part.

    2. I doubt Windows or Blackberry phones have any hope.

    Too Late with Too Little to woo the masses!

    • Naveen   April 8, 2013 at 11:24 am

      I agree it is too late and too little for Windows phone.

      However, after using Nokia Lumia 920 for 3 months I can say that the experience has been very good and I am satisfied.

      The phone has not crashed / hanged a single time and I have not rebooted it even once.

      The performance is as good as I can remember.

      The responsiveness, battery life and camera rocks. Responds:

      Although, the Windows phone supposedly has over 100,000 apps, I am not sure about the variety/breadth of apps.

      That’s where the iPhone (and maybe Android too) scores over the Windows or Blackberry.

      For instance, I’m constantly trying to guess the time in India (a pain because of daylight savings etc). Fortunately, there are several convenient apps for that in the Apple AppStore. I got one a few years back (not sure if I paid anything and even if I did it can’t be more than 99-cents-$1.99).

      I’m certain there are several such examples in the Apple AppStore.

      • Naveen   April 8, 2013 at 11:59 am

        Apps is a deficient area for Windows phone and unfortunately I expect it will stay that way.

        Fortunately the few apps that I care about are all there.

        • shadowfax_arbit   April 8, 2013 at 2:56 pm


          Hey Naveen I’m also using HTC 8X and loving it!

          Its highly responsive, never becomes slow and I seem to find pretty much every app that I need.

          Even some games are very good with amazing graphics.

          You may already most of these apps but I found these really good – wordament, photosynth, ragdoll run, fantasia painter, dinamalar, chitrahaar, tamil central, relax melodies etc.

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